1. In 1788, Pioneer African Baptist church organized in Savannah, Ga., with Andrew Bryan as pastor.
2. In 1868, Florida constitutional convention (eighteen Blacks, twenty-seven whites) met in Tallahassee.
3. In 1870, Hiram R. Revels elected to the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature. He was elected to fill the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis. The term ended on March 3, 1871.
4. In 1874, Elijah McCoy receives patent for Steam lubricator. If it wasn’t invented by Elijah McCoy they didn’t want it. It had to be the real McCoy. Hence the term.
5. In 1900, African American Congressman George H. White, R-North Carolina, introduced a bill to make lynching of Americans a federal offense. The bill died in committee. In 1900, 105 African Americans were lynched in the United States.
6. In 1986, Ronald McNair, One of the first black astronauts was killed during a space mission when the space shuttle “Challenger” met with disaster. McNair, a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was assigned to the shuttle “Challenger” which blew up shortly after take-off.
7. In 1986, Today the U.S. officially observed and the first national Martin Luther King Jr holiday.
8. In 1993, “ON THE PULSE OF MORNING” by Maya Angelou delivered at the Presidential Inaguaration Ceremony, William Clinton. January 20, 1993
9. In 1999, Cheryl Mills, White House Deputy Counsel, becomes the first Black to argue a case before a U.S. Senate impeachment hearing in the case of Pres. William Clinton.
10. In 2001, Colin Luther Powell is sworn in by President George W. Bush as Secretary of State. He is the first Black secretary of state in U.S. history.
11. In 2009, President Elect Barack Obama Takes Oath of Office to become the First Black President and the 44 President of the United States Of America.